The Australian Premiere
Three young women pass a church where an important marriage is taking place, they hear an explosion and terrifying screams… they stop.
They hear an explosion and terrifying screams …… A horrific tragedy unfolds in front of them. Hours later they are still there trying to piece together what has happened.
Gradually they realise it is Medea’s tragedy that they have witnessed. It is as if it has only just happened for the first time – the immediacy of its impact is unexpectedly personal and powerful. Facing Medea is not an adaptation of a Greek tragedy but a search for the traces of this potent tale that still remain. It offers a fresh and contemporary perspective on this ancient yet deeply relevant myth.
Kemp’s direction reveals its critique with unrelenting intensity.
– Cameron Woodhead, The Age, 2016
Translated by Marissa O’Reilly
Directed by Jenny Kemp
Cast: Iris Gaillard, Annie Sofia Thorold, Carmelina Di Guglielmo
Designed by Dann Barber
Lighting design by Rachel Burke
Sound design by Ian Moorhead
Stage Manager: Tennessee Mynott-Rudland
Image by Iris Gaillard & David Burrows.
Splendour is both accomplished, stimulating and definitely worth buying a ticket for. ★★★★-Natasha Boyd, Theatre People 2016